Housed in the famous Fashion Institute of Technology, the Museum at FIT is dedicated to, you guessed it, all things fashion. Spanning 250 years of garments from the 18th century to today, the museum has a special focus on the avant-garde.
What to see at the Museum at FIT
The permanent collection features an astounding 50,000 pieces of outfits, textiles and accessories, and highlights influential designers such as Chanel and Balenciaga. The real star of the show here may be the Gallery FIT, where visitors can get a glimpse into the rising new talent emerging from the prestigious fashion school. Student and faculty exhibitions fill the museum and lobbies across campus, which are open to the public. Visit in May for the Graduating Student Exhibition featured every year.
A third gallery, on the lower level, is dedicated to award-winning special exhibitions. Retrospectives on designers, studies on decades of fashion, and research into specific industries fill the calendar. A recent exhibit titled Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s illuminated not only high-glamour pieces but also menswear and fashions created outside of Paris, such as Munich, Naples and Shanghai. The museum’s special exhibitions can also explore fashion curiosities like the corset and gothic trends.
For the fashion-conscious, a visit to the Museum at FIT is a must. Lectures, panel discussions and tours are part of the ongoing programming and an annual Fashion Symposium brings together globally recognized scholars and authors.